The Pilgrims travelled to Old Elthamians, where a victory would take them a step nearer to a league title. The home side started better and the visitors made too many mistakes. An Early unconverted try put O.E’s 5-0 up. Within minutes a high kick was knocked on and gave the home side a chance to score another unconverted try, 10-0. It was not looking good for the Pilgrims, the home pack were big and they were making gains all over the pitch. Then Izaac Timms won good ball, and forced the home side to back peddle, Meads took a quick tap and go, and with good passes down the backs Jack Weaver went over out wide left for an unconverted try, 10-5.
Poor tackles allowed the home side to score another unconverted try, 15-5. Too many errors by the visitors meant the rest of the half was not good. Powerful running by O E’s and weak defending by the visitors saw two converted tries give the home side a 29-5 lead at half time!
Canterbury were a different side in the second half. They lost Louis Chapman-Coombes and Keiran Conway to injury. Alex Meads opened up the home side with a great run and pass that put Jack Colyer away to make it 29-12. The home side came back to make it 36-12. Oliver Tyler then powered through to make it 36-19 and an unlikely comeback looked possible. Colyer then rucked over and won good ball for the second time and from the attacking move Joel Drake went over in the corner for an unconverted try, 39-24.
A tired and limping Canterbury then conceded a penalty, 39-24. A converted try from O.E’s, 46-24. The game ended with Jack Colyer getting his second try, converted by Meads and the game ended with a comfortable home win and Canterbury having to wait to see if they can win the league next weekend away at Dartfordians! 46-31. They did win the second half 17-26.